ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will skip a turn in the rotation to allow tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow to subside.
The team expects the right-hander, 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA, to return next Saturday against the Phillies. If this were October, general manager John Mozeliak said, Wainwright would definitely take the ball.
"I think this is more precautionary than anything else," Mozeliak said Saturday night's game against the Nationals. "It was something that we just didn't want to push if we didn't have to, and he agreed."
A day earlier, Wainwright emphasized his surgically repaired ligament was structurally sound and that the inflamed area was very small. Wainwright, who missed the 2011 season, won 19 games for the second time in his career last year and won 21 games in 2010.
Mozeliak said it hasn't been determined who will take Wainwright's spot on Monday night against the Mets. It won't be rehabbing lefty Tyler Lyons, who was due to pitch Saturday night.
"Obviously we can sit here and triangulate who might get this opportunity, but we haven't spoken with anybody yet and the fact is it could change depending on how the next couple days go," Mozeliak said. "So it's fluid."
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